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Six Madison County communities recommended for infrastructure grants

From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDSVILLE – The Madison County Grants Committee has unanimously approved sending to the Madison County Board a resolution calling for $600,000 worth of Community Development Block Grants for infrastructure projects in six municipalities.

The County Board will take up the resolution at its June 17 meeting and is likely to follow the recommendation.

Glen Carbon, Alhambra, Hamel, Livingston, Madison and Venice are each in line for $100,000 grants.

“A significant number of the municipal and township projects completed in the last 40 years would not have been completed without the support of the CDBG program and Madison County,” Chairman Alan Dunstan said.

The projects slated to receive Madison County CDBG support include:

• $100,000 to the Village of Glen Carbon for the construction of three catch basins and yard drains in an area of approximately six acres bordered by Heritage Place, Trails End and Trails Ridge Drive.

• $100,000 to the City of Venice for the cleaning, televising and lining of approximately 840 feet of 30-inch sanitary/storm sewer line from Lee Park across Klein Avenue to north of the Merchant’s Bridge.

• $100,000 to the City of Madison for the replacement of approximately 20 sanitary/storm sewer catch basins located throughout the city.

• $100,000 to the Village of Alhambra for the construction of a new six-inch force main at Lift Station #2 to alleviate overburdening during periods of heavy flow.

• $100,000 to the Village of Hamel for the improvement of the roadway and drainage on Hamel Avenue, including the installation of curbs and gutters on both sides of the roadway.

• $100,000 to the Village of Livingston to address drainage problems, including inadequate drainage at the intersection of Nichols Street and Livingston Drive, and a failed sewer at corner of Sarah and Nichols Streets.
Frank Miles, Administrator of Madison County Community Development, said applications for funding were received for more than 20 projects.

“Every project submitted is subjected to a detailed review with points being awarded based on an established criteria which has been carefully reviewed with the County Board and leaders from every municipality and township,” Miles said.

“From this criteria, it’s determined whether the project will have a high, medium or low impact on the community, and also look at the potential economic impact,” Miles said. “Not in terms of new business or jobs, but the impact a revitalized neighborhood, improved streets or infrastructure can have on home values and the general improvement of Madison County.”

The CDBG program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is administered in Madison County by the Community Development Department.

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